By CHRIS AGEE
Filing is over for the May 11 city and school board election and now it’s time for candidates to show the voters what they’ve got to offer.
City Clerk Juanita Formby said one of the four expiring council positions will be contested.
In the city’s only council race in the upcoming election, current Ward 4 councilman Kevin Harrison will attempt to unseat incumbent Place 1 Councilman-at-Large Rick Bennett.
Bennett, who was elected to the council in 2011 along with Harrison, ran against former Ward 1 Councilman Bill Terry who sought the at-large position.
Terry plans a return to the local legislative body in May by running unopposed for the Place 2 councilman-at-large position, currently filled by mayor pro tem Margaret Hill Colton.
Colton, who did not file for re-election, was first elected in July 2000 and is the longest-serving member currently on city council.
Karium Carter, pastor of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and a native of Mineral Wells, is the lone candidate to fill Harrison’s soon-to-be vacated Ward 4 council seat.
Tammy Underwood has filed to seek re-election as Ward 2 council member and is running unopposed.
City officials in Graford, Gordon, Strawn and Millsap informed the Index they had no contested municipal races this cycle and will therefore not be holding May elections.
A representative from Mingus City Hall was not available Tuesday.
Mineral Wells Independent School District elections are also set for May, as two of three seats on the board are being contested.
According to Judy Brown, executive secretary to the superintendent, incumbent Scott Aaron and Paul Glenn Harrison are seeking Position 4, while incumbent Mike Tincher and Sunny Gail Lee are vying for Position 5.
School Board President Joe Ruelas filed to run for re-election to Position 3 and is running unopposed.
As council members approved at a February meeting, the Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator, Judith Evans, will conduct the city’s election as she first did last spring.
The Mineral Wells city council and MWISD will engage in a joint election, which will be held at the new polling place at the Palo Pinto County Annex, located at 107 N. Oak Ave, in Mineral Wells.